MARYLAND

Aron Asks for More Treatment

Former Montgomery County politician Ruthann Aron has asked a judge to change her three-year sentence for soliciting two murders in hopes of getting more psychiatric treatment, her lawyer confirmed yesterday. Montgomery Circuit Court Judge Vincent E. Ferretti Jr. is scheduled to hear Aron's request Monday.

Aron's attorney, Harry Trainor, said Aron's mental illness has become worse since she was incarcerated last November for trying to hire a hit man to kill her estranged husband and a Washington lawyer in June 1997. Trainor said he will ask that she be transferred from the Montgomery County jail to the county's Pre-Release Center, a kind of halfway house, so she can receive outpatient treatment during the day.

Throughout two trials, Aron argued that she was legally insane when police recorded her soliciting the slayings of her then-husband, Barry Aron, and lawyer Arthur Kahn, whom she allegedly had a grudge against. She eventually pleaded no contest.

In August, Aron, 57, was denied her only opportunity for parole. If she serves out her current sentence, she would be eligible for the Pre-Release Center in April and could be released from custody next October, corrections officials have said.

The Arons divorced in June, and Barry Aron recently remarried, according to his attorney, Stephen Friedman. Barry Aron would favor his ex-wife's early release from jail, Friedman said, if she were placed in an inpatient psychiatric hospital.

Officer Accused of Attacking Husband

A Prince George's County police officer was indicted Tuesday on charges that she assaulted her estranged husband and another man in Forestville last month, according to court records.

Patrol Officer Cleo M. Johnson, 28, of the District, was indicted by a grand jury in Prince George's County on two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, two counts of reckless endangerment and two counts of using a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence.

Johnson allegedly assaulted her estranged husband, Shawn Terrell Johnson, 31, and another man, James Edward Bell, at her husband's home in the 3500 block of Roundhill Lane in Forestville on Oct. 8, according to court records and Prince George's police.

Prince George's police disclosed the indictments yesterday but declined to give details of the incident. Court records also did not provide details. A police spokeswoman said that Johnson, who joined the Prince George's Police Department in March 1998, has been suspended from the force without pay.

VIRGINIA

Man Charged With Burglary, Assault

A 20-year-old man was charged with burglary, assault and battery, larceny and other crimes after he allegedly broke into a neighbor's house, locked a woman in the bedroom and made two calls to sex-chat lines, Prince William County police said.

Victor Manuel Munoz Jr. allegedly told the 25-year-old woman to go into her bedroom and lock the door. Police said the woman was told she wouldn't be hurt.

After that, Munoz allegedly stole $6 from the woman's wallet, rummaged through her underwear drawer and made two calls to phone sex lines before leaving.